How does Jalap work?

Jalap is a stimulant laxative herb. That means it contains substances that increase water loss and cause contractions of bowel muscles to push out stool.

Are there safety concerns?

Jalap is UNSAFE. It has powerful effects on the bowel that might cause irritation of the digestive tract, including diarrhea, vomiting and a loss of important chemicals such as potassium.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

While jalap is UNSAFE for anyone to use, some people should be especially careful to avoid it.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use jalap if you are pregnant. It might start your period, and that could cause a miscarriage.

Digestive tract problems, such as ulcers, Crohn's disease, or other conditions: It's especially important to avoid jalap if you have one of these conditions. Jalap can irritate the digestive tract and make your condition worse.

Symptoms of appendicitis (abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting): Stimulant laxatives such as jalap can cause harm if you have appendicitis.

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